The state Senate voted Tuesday night on a measure that would add restrictions on abortions, forcing clinics to meet expensive license requirements and making it difficult for doctors to perform the procedures.
Under the bill, abortion clinics would have to meet standards for licensure similar to those of ambulatory surgical centers. According to legislative staff, only one clinic in the state currently meets that standard. The bill would also require doctors to be present when women take a drug that induces abortions.
The Senate approved the measure with a preliminary vote of 27-14. A vote expected Wednesday would send the bill to the House.
Sen. Warren Daniel, a Morganton Republican, said the changes are required for women’s safety. Women “deserve the right to walk into a clinic that’s clean and safe,” he said. He mentioned an abortion clinic in Charlotte that shut down briefly this year because it improperly administered a drug.
Democrats said Republican arguments about safety were a sham, and the real incentive is to restrict abortions. “This is really about limiting women’s rights,” said Sen. Angela Bryant, a Rocky Mount Democrat. Full story.